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Needle myringotomy: a useful technique with the increased prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus

  • M. A. Thorp (a1)


Myringotomy is one of the most common procedures performed by ENT surgeons. Use of the tip of a hypodermic needle not only provides a neat and precise incision into the tympanic membrane, but is also a cheap and disposable means of doing so. Sterility is virtually guaranteed avoiding any possibility of cross contamination between consecutive patients.


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Address for correspondence: Dr M. A. Thorp, Department of Otolaryngology, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925, Republic of South Africa.


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